Isn’t it wonderful to finally be seeing some warmer weather and sunshine! Everyone on the farm is enjoying it. I had planned to send this newsletter yesterday, but since it was April Fool‘s Day, I thought you might think I was joking when I start to tell you about everything that has been happening on the farm. It has been very crazy.
My goat’s, “the girls” began having their babies the beginning of the month. I had 15 baby goats on the ground in a matter of a few days. Sounds wonderful right? Well, my first Doe to deliver was Isabella. She had a single buckling which is very unusual for her. So after gloving up and looking to see if there were more, I discovered a second baby that was breech (coming butt first) It took Ken and I a long time to pull the kid and unfortunately, we lost the baby and Isabella. I know this happens on a farm, but I get very attached to my girls. It was hard. The next girl to deliver was Daisy. Daisy had triplets, two boys and a girl. She had them all cleaned up and then she just didn’t seem right. She is normally an excellent mother. So I checked, no more babies so I called my vet on Sunday. Ended up taking Daisy and her three little ones up to the clinic. Turns out Daisy had pneumonia. She was very sick. Dr. Todd, at Logan County Animal Clinic got her fixed up and gave a babies a boost as well. Since Daisy needed to rest to recover, I get to bottle feed her triplets.
A couple days later, Ken and I went to pick up some hay. We were gone a couple hours. I came back to discover that Baby Girl had twins, Fawn, had a buckling, and Bailee had a bucking. Bella had twins a day later as did Tye-Dye. Bailee decided it was too much work to be a mother, so now I have another bottle baby. Tye-Dye decided that she loved her little boy, but her little girl was too much trouble. So….are you keeping count? I have 5 bottle babies. Gwendolyn had twins, and Libby had a little boy…….AND, I’m working about 60 hours a week at my corporate job because of a huge project. So, before Ken was forced to have me placed in a white padded cell, I decided that I had to downsize some. I’ve sold 4 of my momma goats and their babies. I was lucky to find several young families that were interested in adding a milk goat to their homesteads. All of the girls have adjusted very well and I am finding that I am not quite as crazy as I have been this month. I still have 4 bottle goats and 3 bottle calves and carry 2 gallons of milk to the barn in the morning and the evening to feed them all, but I feel like I’ve gotten a little bit more control now that the herd is smaller. I would feel even more in control if the off farm job would settle down a bit. I just need to win the lottery. :>)
We do have a new addition to the farm; but he has a JOB to do. Meet our new Angus Bull, yet to be named. We purchased him locally from Robert Elliot & Sons at their Spring auction. He is very handsome and the ladies seem to like him as well. I like him because he is VERY laid back. Of course, you never fully trust a bull, they can be moody and dangerous. But, one of the reason we purchase this bull was because of his docility. Anyways, here he is laying around. Notice the young bull trying to act just like him.
In just a few short weeks, the Robertson County Farmer’s Market will be opening. After a very long winter, we’ll be back with fresh veggies, plants, meats, crafts, and more. May 2nd is opening day. Mark your calendars so you don’t forget. We are excited to be participating again this year.